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Forget stars' homes. The newest tours visit pot growers and bong makers

In Napa and Sonoma, tour bus operators ferry oenophiles between tasting rooms and vineyards. In Hollywood and environs, they shepherd the starstruck past the homes of the rich and famous.

Now they're giving customers a mind-expanding look at one of Los Angeles' burgeoning industries: pot.

Since recreational use of marijuana became legal a year ago, a pot tourism business has emerged, taking visitors behind the scenes of California's estimated $7 billion cannabis industry.

"Every other day it seems another tour company is popping up," said Lauren Jones, who owns Weedology, a cannabis tour company based in Los Angeles. "It's like a gold rush."

Each pot tour company has its own points of interest, generally including a grow facility, a bong maker or accessory retailers and a marijuana dispensary, where visitors can get joint-rolling lessons. Expect product discounts, but not freebies. And some

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